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A mistake in the announcement board on the construction of the apartments led many to believe the heritage building is to be demolished instead. — Pic credit Save Vivekananda Ashram Brickfields Facebook page.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31, 2014:
The 110-year-old Hindu heritage building, the Vivekananda Ashram Kuala Lumpur at Jalan Brickfields, would not be demolished to make way for a residential building.
According to PKR Ranting Brickfields Wanita chief, Sheena K Subra, a mistake in the announcement board on the construction of the apartments at the location of the ashram led many to believe the heritage building to be demolished instead.
“I assure the public, that the building would not be touched,” Sheena said to The Rakyat Post today after attending an emergency meeting with the ashram’s committee.
She revealed that through the meeting, which was also attended by Gerakan’s P. Manivanan, everyone present was also briefed that the heritage building would be refurbished and renovated instead.
However, the two buildings behind the original building which consists of a dormitory and an auditorium would be demolished to make way for the 31-storey apartment block. The project will start at the end of the year.
A floor in the apartment block has also been procured as the ashram’s auditorium.
“The ashram would remain the same and its premise would be cordoned off with shock absorbing equipment to prevent the building from being damaged during development.”
A check by The Rakyat Post noted a banner in Tamil placed at the entrance of the ashram stating that the building would not be demolished.
TRP also notes that the heritage building was ridden with cracks on one of its walls with several patrons raising concerns over the structure should development take place.
Many were also afraid the statue of the saint which the ashram was named after, Swami Vivekananda, would be damaged.
“However, we assure them that the statue would remain intact as it is made out of bronze.”